Gateways and Wayfinding

Explore below for ideas and resources to build on what the Downtown Business Improvement District already does to make your downtown inviting. 

City Gateways

Improvement of the "front doors" into downtown have been identified as a top capital priority for Downtown Spokane. In 2013 and 2014 hundreds of hours and financial support have been invested into the beautification of off ramps and railway underpasses. 

With substantial support from parking meter revenues, we have a chance to complete improvements on Division Street to provide a dramatic first impression for people passing by downtown on I-90. This can only result in more opportunities for commerce and put more people on our sidewalks enjoying the fantastic things Downtown Spokane has to offer. Read the plan to make city gateways more inviting for visitors near and far. 

For more information, view a draft of the “Kit of Parts,” a working document intended to establish a common language for architectural and landscape design elements throughout the City of Spokane. 

Spokane Mural Project

Sponsored by Rotary 21, Downtown Spokane and Miller Paint, the Spokane Mural Project was conceptualized to make Downtown Spokane more attractive, instill a sense of pride in public spaces, provide employment for local artists in their own field, prevent graffiti, and engage the public in the beautification of their own communities. The project includes murals under the train trellises at Maple, Howard, Cedar, Wall and Division Streets in downtown Spokane. Find out more by visiting Spokane Arts online. 


The Downtown Spokane Partnership (DSP), Visit Spokane, and Spokane County have partnered to develop a wayfinding and gateway welcome signage system to connect visitors to key attractions. The system will be designed as a practical guide to destinations within Spokane County, and convey a consistent, memorable, and positive image. The partners selected MERJE, a Philadelphia-based firm with extensive experience in wayfinding and branding work, to lead the public process for input, create a design, establish sign locations and create a manual for maintenance of the signs and system.

Part of the planning and design process will be the development of a comprehensive long-term management plan to make sure signage is kept up-to-date and well-maintained. This plan is able to come to fruition due to a Federal STP grant to Spokane County with matching funds from the Downtown Spokane Partnership and Visit Spokane.